Feminism. The Elephant in the Room.

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A panel discussion exploring feminism's great taboos. What are we not supposed to talk about? What is Feminism's Elephant in the Room?

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There has been a surge of Feminist activism across the UK in the past year. Women are agitated and organised. We are finding our voice and our voice is saying NO.

Make More Noise are one such group, created to provide a space for women to talk freely and address uncomfortable truths.

Feminists are a diverse bunch and we don't always see eye to eye. Respectful and honest discussion is essential if we wish to build a unified platform to fight for real social justice. We can't bury our heads in the sand, we need to ask some tough questions and start difficult conversations. Social media is not the best place to communicate, let's do this face to face.

What are we not supposed to talk about? What is the Elephant in the Room? We invited our guests and allowed them to talk about whatever they liked on the topic of feminism's great taboos.

A talk in a secret location in central Manchester.

***We regret to inform you that Charlotte Hughes is no longer speaking and has been replaced by Sarah Cooksley***

Sarah Phillimore

Sarah Phillimore is a family law barrister. As a disabled woman she has a keen interest in the parameters and reality of self identification.

Her elephant in the room is the hijack of the law to serve purposes actively hostile to important rights for both women and children. She will talk about the recent NSPCC response to public concerns about it's safeguarding policies and what we can do to stand up for the rule of law.

Posie Parker

Posie Parker is a women's rights campaigner and a free speech advocate. She likes to think her place in this movement is to say the unsayable and to provoke debate amongst the wider public. In her own words: 'I don't do time consuming research, I don't offer support and I've no desire to be reasonable or respectable.' She bangs her own drum and is totally liberated from political allegiance. Women and children come first.

Why are young women gleefully pronouncing that they don't mind John, now Jane, sharing their private space or that they want their breasts removed as soon as they can get enough from their gofundme? Why are schools such a hotbed for this grooming? How have our educators escaped any critical thinking and why are they parroting such absolute nonsense? Why isn't searching for contentment with hard fought incremental gains not something we value more highly? For Posie The Elephant in the feminist room is the hierarchy feminists lift from the so-called patriarchy and use it to virtually beat other women.

Jo Bartosch

Jo Bartosch is a widely commissioned campaigning journalist, published in outlets across the political spectrum. In 2017 she became a co-director of Critical Sisters, a feminist think tank dedicated to unravelling the twin man-made beliefs of gender and religion

‘Sisters are doing it to themselves.’ From Ruth Hunt to Judith Butler, why are so many of those rallying the trans activist troops women? Feminists have long campaigned to raise awareness of the blindspot around male violence, but within the movement itself few will acknowledge the role of women in the silencing and shaming feminists. At a time when female politicians and influencers have sold-out women’s rights to further their own careers, sisterhood seems like a naïve dream.

Sarah Cooksley

Sarah Cooksley is a founding member of Liverpool ReSisters and ReSisters United. She is a survivor, a mother and an occasional deep thinker. She would describe herself as a budding feminist, who reads the works of Andrea Dworkin, Audre Lorde and Germaine Greer in between mothering her six children and creating societal unrest. She was born in America, lives in Liverpool and is planning to be a psychologist when she grows up.

The talk will be chaired by Bernadette Hyland who is a freelance writer and researcher whose interests include class, culture and women in the labour movement.

There will be a Q&A section at the end of the talk.

This is an inclusive event open to everyone. The venue is wheelchair accessible.

If you wish to attend but are struggling to afford a ticket please send us a message as we have a number of tickets available for women on a limited income, funded by those who have bought supporter tickets.

Doors will open at 17:30 and the talk will begin at 18:00. Drinks available at the bar from 17:30

Details of the venue will be released to ticket holders on the day of the talk.

Remember this is Manchester - a city that thinks tables are for dancing on. There will be an after party. Children are welcome at the after party venue until 10pm.

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